With the social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic, it’s easy to become disappointed by what seems like a total damper on traditional Easter holiday celebrations. But with a bit of open-mindedness and willingness to try some new types of festivities, the holiday can still be fun and meaningful. Consider the following ideas to try this year:
1. Enhance Your Home Egg Hunt
Since large gatherings are no longer feasible during quarantine, this is your opportunity to put more energy into your home festivities. If you have children, hide an extra-large volume of delightful Easter eggs, which we offer in an amazing variety of colors, sizes and designs. Of course, you’ll want to get a wide assortment of Easter Egg fillers, and try to mix it up so that each egg has its own unique combination of candy or toy surprises. Add even more excitement by hiding a few gold eggs, which entitle the finder to special prizes.
2. Dress Up!
This just may be the year that you get that Easter Bunny costume and spread joy both in your own home, as well as in your neighborhood. Our bunny suit comes with everything you need, from an overhead mask with ears and full face to plush rabbit feet. After charming your own household, take a walk with the family around your neighborhood, waving hello and wishing all a Happy Easter. This is a great way to spread some Easter cheer while maintaining a healthy distance. Carry some filled Easter eggs with you to leave on lawns for area kids to see and round up. The sight of the Easter bunny walking down their street is an image some children will never forget.
3. Hands-On Fun
Make the day memorable with something creative. This works for adults as well as kids. Some ideas include painting rocks with Easter-theme designs or pictures, making holiday-related chalk pictures on the driveway, baking and decorating bunny-shaped cookies, or planting flower seeds in a hand-embellished pot. When Easter is over, you have the memory of the good time you had working on the craft together, and possibly a pretty objet d’art, custom made by you.
4. Family Tech Connection
Use current video chat technologies to connect with distant or nearby-but-quarantined family members, like aunts, cousins, sisters and grandparents. Seeing their face on a computer screen isn’t quite the same as in-person, but it still makes these important family members part of your holiday. If this is a religious occasion for you, there are options out there to stream an Easter church service as well.
5. Surprise People You Know (or Don’t Know)
Order or put together some Easter goodies in advance, making sure that all items are wrapped and secured under plastic or cellophane. Make a list of friends or family, and plan to deliver your Easter surprise directly to their doorstep with a card. You can also look for an excellent choice of pre-prepared baskets, goodie bags and unique, fully enclosed treat containers in a variety of shapes. A surprise gift of holiday cheer feels marvelous to both the recipient and the giver.
Even better, locate a children’s charity in your area that works directly with disadvantaged children, and deliver a large quantity of filled Easter eggs to be distributed to the kids. Granted, this takes a bit more preparation and effort to locate where this would work, but information on local charities can often be found online at hub websites like Charity Navigator, through churches or at social service agencies.
Stay positive about Easter and all the holidays throughout this quarantine. Just because our celebrations have to temporarily change doesn’t mean Easter has disappeared. There’s a gift in all of this, just like the surprise inside an Easter egg — you might just need to be more creative to find it.